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and traffic on the 1s coming up. it's 5:07 right now. >>> the u.s. postal service says it wants to play their hands in the fashion business. you heard me right. the cash strapped agency will had launch an all weather apparel and accessory line next year under the name rain, heat and know. it will start with men's apparel but only plans to add women's apparel. you won't be able to pick it up with packages. it will only be available at premium department stores and specialty shops. premium. >> will it have the little stripe on the side with an eagle on. >> you noi that the postal service workers are out in the rain, snow and sleet. maybe they have something. >>> 5:11 is our time right now. let's see which if any we'll get today. tom kierein has the forecast. >> we are going to get the wind and the cold temperatures. right now in the low 30s to near freezing. later today, climbing into the upper 30s by mid-afternoon. not much of a warmup. the winds gusting to around 25, 30 miles an hour. windchills in the 20s. seven-day outlook in den minutes. a look at traffic now with danella. >>> good m
sanctions against the north from the u.s. and other countries. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> this nuclear test comes as president obama prepares to call for a reduction in america's nuclear arsenal. we learned that he will talk about that proposal tonight during his state of the union address. the white house says the president is putting the finishing touches on the speech. focus will be primarily on the economy. and the billions of dollars in budget cuts set to happen automatically on march 1st. president obama has urged congress to pass a short term agreement to avoid those potentially devastating cuts. now, you may want to avoid driving near the capitol tonight because of the state of the union. capitol police closing several streets starting at 7:00 including constitution avenue between second street east and louisiana avenue northwest. pennsylvania avenue between first and third streets northwest and east capitol streets between second and first streets. independence avenue will be closed between second and washington avenue in southeast southwest. >>> president ob
. this will be the first time that a high-level u.s. meeting has happened since it started the uprising two years ago. more than 60,000 people have been killed in that war. >>> the senate will vote next week on whether to confirm chuck hagel as defense secretary. political analysts expect him to win approval despite a brewing confirmation hearing yesterday. he was grilled on his stance on iran and israel. if confirmed, he'll succeed leon panetta. >>> we'll find out if a mistrial will be declared in the case of a former culpeper police officer. two dictionaries and a thesaurus were found in the swrir room after the verdict was handed down on tuesday. jury members apparently looked up the definition of the word malice which suggests that they might have been confused about their instructions. daniel harmon-wright claimed he shot patricia ann cook last year when his arm was caught in her suv window when she tried to drive away. >>> d.c. police need your help identifying a man who kidnapped and groped a teen. the attack happened yesterday morning in the 5100 block of nannie hill and boroughs avenue. a man got
operations. it is from there that the u.s. conducts strikes against militants in yemen, including the attack that killed u.s.-born al qaeda born anwar awlaki. it's prompting major concerns among legal experts this morning. nbc news obtained a memo saying americans affiliated with al qaeda could be targeted by drones even if they don't pose an imminent threat. like awlaki, the potential targets don't have to be charged with any crime. legal analysts say that threatens constitutional rights and broadens the definition of self-defense. >> it is a chilling document. it sets out the government's claimed authority to carry out the targeted killing of american citizens but the limits are vague and elastic and see how they could be manipulated. >> it really is unreasonable to expect that the u.s. will always have specific evidence about a plot. >> the obama administration says it is confident the strikes follow federal and international law. >>> president obama is expected to hak his first trip to israel as the president in the coming weeks. the u.s. ambassador there says the president's talk will f
. the taliban says the attack was revenge for u.s. drone strikes that killed two of their leaders. 12 militants also died in that assault. it follows a bombing at a moscow earlier in the day. 24 were killed in that blast. >>> also new this morning, north korea is threatening the united states. the country is promising to retaliate against the u.s. for having so-called double standards after south korea launched a rocket this week. washington condemned north korea's rocket launch in december but not south korea's. north korea has not said how it will retaliate. u.s. diplomats claim north korea used their test on banned missile technology. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is speaking at a security conference in munich, germany. he said the u.s. is prepared to hold talks with iran if they're serious. it is a busy day for biden, who's also expected to meet with opposition leaders in syria. it will be the highest level meeting the u.s. has had on the syrian conflict since it began two years ago. >>> today marks one year since a transgender woman was stabbed to death in northeast d.c. mayor vi
that the daughter of the late u.s. senator strom thurman has died. she announced in 2003 that she was the daughter of thurmond. the former presidential candidate who supported segregati segregation. she was 22 at the time. she kept her father's identity a secret until he died. she worked as a teacher in los angeles for years. she was a mother of four children and was 87 years old. >>> arizona senator john mccain is under fire this morning for what some are calling a racist tweet. mccain tweeted about mahmoud ahmadinejad saying he wanted to be the first iranian in space. he wrote "wasn't he there just last week" referring to the country launching a rocket with a monkey into space. michigan republican justin a mash responded calling it racist and tell mccain to wisen up. >>> new jersey senator robert menendez is speaking out about a prostitution scandal. >> it's amazing to me that anonymous, nameless, faceless individuals on a website can drive that type of a story into the mainstream. the bottom line is all of those smears are absolutely false. >> a conservative website reported in november that me
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the u.s. government is responding. now over to chuck. >>> good morning, everybody. once again we are under the gun for possibly up to -- well, it's snowing. let's put it that way. we will talk more about your sunday's snow chances >>> former first lady of massachusetts and romney could soon have a new title, senator romney. operatives are trying to woo mrs. romney to fill the vacant seat. scott brown was expected to throw his hat in the rink, but ae announced he will not run. the 63-year-old romney has never run for public office before, and there are also rumors the family's oldest son tagg is interested in the vacant seat. >>> and leon pennetta comes to the defense of hagel. he says, quote, the political knives were out." he says the questions focused on his past statements and not enough on the future of the defense department and the war on terrorism. and he added hagel has good ideas on how to protect america >>> chuck todd is filling in for david gregory this week on "meet the press." he will interview pennetta as well as general martin dempsey, and he will sit down with bo
test. the underground test was confirmed after the u.s. geological survey detected the 4.9 magnitude blast. pong yong saying they did it to cope with outrageous hostility that undermines their country. a wave of reaction from world leaders since followed. president obama released a statement calling the test a highly provocative act. he adds, north korea's missile programs are a threat to the world and the latest test warrants swift action by the international community. happening right now, u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon who condemns the test is organizing an emergency meeting to start at 9:00 a.m. our time. meanwhile, south korea has come out to say the north won't be able to avoid grave responsibility and china also expressing firm opposition to the nuclear tests this morning. now, this is north korea's third nuclear test since 2006 and the first since kim jong-un took power. while the explosion was bigger than in the past, the country is still far from having a nuclear armed missile that could threaten the u.s. at the live desk, angie goff. >>> president obama will lay the gr
laws ziefrnt the retirement of a top u.s. military leader leaves president obama searching for someone to lead forces in europe. marine corps general john allen is stepping down to help his wife who has health issues. he spent the last 19 months leading forces in afghanistan. last fall the pentagon put allen's nomination on hold while it investigated his e-mails with a florida socialite. he was cleared of any wrongdoing. president obama called general allen one of the nation's finest military leaders and a true patriot. >>> john kerry will deliver his first foreign policy speech as secretary of state today. that's happening at the university of virginia. the state department says kerry will tell students and faculty about the role u.s. diplomacy plays in ordinary americans' lives. he plans to give more speeches in the coming weeks and months to explain why foreign policy is so important. uva was founded by thomas jefferson, who was the first secretary of state. >>> some of the richest people in the world went to the same school and one was a local university. the university of virginia
the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack on the u.s. consulate. four americans were killed including ambassador chris stevens. >>> we're learning that the same senate committee will not take a confirmation vote on the next defense secretary today as scheduled. members of the senate armed services committee decided to delay the vote on former senator chuck hagel. that's after republicans demanded more information. several senators want more details on hagel's business dealings and the content of past speeches. democrats say the move is just political posturing, and they fully expect hagel to be confirmed. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation polici
to exchange for five of their spies held in the u.s. >>> coming up on 4:31. want to get a look at the weather headlines. here's storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein. >> the pavement dried out after the rain yesterday. now we've got a partly cloudy sky starting off this wednesday morning. the 20th day of february. temperatures are near freezing now. much of maryland and virginia, that includes prince george's county, montgomery, arlington and fairfax. shenandoah valley into the mountains. southern maryland near the bay waters, a little bit above freezing. we have winds gusting around 20, 25 miles an hour. so our windchills are down to the teens and low 20s now much of the region. we're going to have our windchills hovering in the 20s and teens throughout much of the morning. 6:00 to 7:00 a.m. around the freezing mark. those winds will increase maybe by noontime to 30 mile an hour wind gusts. by then, temperatures into the mid-30s. sunrise is at 6:53. waldorf in charles county, our hometown forecast by noontime there. it will be in the upper 30s and partly cloudy with a blustery wind. a look
justice department memo that says the u.s. can order drone strikes against other americans if they're believed to be members of al qaeda. the document says the strike will only be authorized if military officials can't catch the target with normal methods. but the memo says the target does not have to be considered an imminent threat for an attack. >>> boeing is ready to resume test flights for the troublesome 787 dreamliner. boeing formally filed a request with the faa yesterday. last month a yap niece dreamliner and one in boston both forced to land after battery heating ib issues. both incidents have been found to have the same type of thermal runaway problem. all 50 planes were taken out of commission last month. >>> a care-giver for a maryland group home faces multiple charges after a video shows her attacking a disabled man. a warning this video might be disturbing for some. >> ooh! ooh! >> police arrested 57-year-old donna edward after this video appeared on you-tube. the company that runs the group home, emerge inc., called police after seeing the video. other portions of t
. >> it's unreasonable to expect that the u.s. will have specific evidence about a plot. instead, this allows some flexibility. >> the obama administration says that it is confident the strikes follow federal and international law. >>> sometime this week the pentagon expected to announce a major policy change that would extend some military benefits to same sex spouses. ld soon have access to things like housing privileges and recreational activities. the allowances would not cover health care benefits. military would likely require documentation that designates a service member's same sex partner. >>> one year away from the winter olympics. why there's already a little concern that mother nature won't cooperate. >>> also, a terrifying crime caught on tape at a local jewelry store. what the robbers used that paralyzed everybody inside. >>> a rescue in an iconic park is caught on camera. >>> temperatures are back where they belong in time of year. weather and traffic on the 1s, next. (woman) 3 days of walking to give a break cancer survivor a lifetime-- that's definitely a fair tr
with breaking news. u.s. and south korean warships are conducting naval exercises as tensions with north korea rises. south korean officials confirming that a three-day drill is under way right now off the coast of the korean peninsula. pyongyang calls it preparation for a preemptive strike on their country while south korea says it was planned before the north threatened do its third nuclear test. the u.s. and south korea believe the north's december rocket launch was a missile test. meanwhile, pyongyang denies it. angie goff, news 4. >>> developing news out of mexico where the death toll continues to rise after an explosion. officials are reporting 36 casualties there. the attorney general in mexico says it's still too early to determine whether that blast was due to an attack, an accident or negligence. results from an investigation expected any day now. the pmx building in mexico is the second largest skyscraper there. >>> police if texas say the man suspected of killing a former navy seal was an iraq war veteran. eddie ralph served in the marines from 2006 until 2010. he's currently on re
he has the perfect defense against criminal prosecution in the u.s. running for public office. he's running for a senate seat in australia and said the u.s. would drop its investigation rather than risk a diplomatic incident. he plans to start a wikileaks party which will run on a platform of transparency in government. >>> in news 4 for your health, say -- there was no increased risk of breast and gynecological cancers from in vitro fertilization. it includes drugs that stimulate ovulation. they've linked treatment to a higher risk of cancer. other studies have not found a connection. >>> your kids are watching us right now, you might want to limit how much tv they watch later today. a new study suggests that children who watch too much television may turn into more aggressive adults. researchers tracked a thousand kids born in the early '70s in new zealand. those kids who watched the most tv were more likely to be convicted of a crime and be more anti-social as adults. the results are not necessarily the result of too much tv. >>> the united nations is reviewing ways to prevent
invasions and sexual assault of a minor. >>> today, several u.s. lawmakers are in cuba trying to get a maryland man released from prison there. maryland's congressman chris van hollen and six others are meeting with cuban leaders this morning to try to free alan gross. they say his release is the only way to improve ties between the countries. gross has been held since 2009 when he says he was trying to bring the internet to jewish communities in cuba. cuba says he was spying. he's serving a 15-year sentence. >>> congress and the white house have just ten days to reach a deal on a budget plan or billions of dollars in spending cuts will automatically take effect. lawmakers won't address that issue this week, though. they aren't in session now and won't return to washington until next week. we're learning our area is among the regions that could be hurt the most by the cuts known as the sequester. its authors say government spending makes up 20% of our local economy. defense spending alone makes up almost 10% of our ecomony. >>> many of us buy a fancy sports car or jump out of a plane
, days before she was due back in the u.s. she was discovered on february 2nd. she was bludgeoned over the head. no arrests have been made. her funeral will be held in a staten island church where the mother of two and her husband were married. >>> the neighborhood watch volunteer charged with killing a florida teen could have his time reduced. george zimmerman pleaded not guilty and said he acted in self-defense when he shot 17-year-old trayvon martin. his lawyers want immunity saying the case falls under the stand-your-ground law in florida. the judge might consider hearing that argument when the case goes to trial june. >>> shock in argentina when a woman marries the man convicted of killing her twin sister. her twin sister was killed in 2010. her boyfriend was convicted of her murder. police had to escort the two from the courthouse while outraged citizens protested. the bride's mother claimed her daughter was mentally unfit to we had and a judge suspended the wedding. the groom is currently serving a 13-year prison sentence. >>> a new twist in the saga of a tennessee congressman's
exit, u.s. naval research lab. seeing a lot of delays on that exit as well. possible work arounds for you as you take martin luther king or take suit land parkway to avoid the accident. aaron and eun. >>> thank you, danella. >>> a hospital in lockdown after someone opens fire. we're tracking developments at the live desk next. >>> it's a story that sparked outrage among parents. the fallout from a man accused of slapping a >>> good morning. i'm tony tull at the live desk tracking breaking news out of portland, oregon. last night at 12:30 our time, police were called to a hospital for a man with a gun. we're told the hospital was placed on lockdown. police were able to contain the gunman inside. they say that a shot rang out, the gunman is dead. but, again, that hospital in portland, oregon is still on lockdown as police there investigate what happened. as of right now, there are no other injuries. we'll continue to track the story. back to you. >>> it marks ten years since 100 people died in a rhode island nightclub fire. yesterday loved ones gathered for a memorial. the station n
of firearms in the u.s. won't prevent mass killings like the one in newtown, connecticut. but they will help. the president's plan puts a ban on assault weapons, bans high capacity magazines and aum buyers undergo background checks. >>> an emotional day at the state department. this is hillary clinton's last day as secretary of state. she'll say goodbye to state department employees at a public ceremony and john kerry sworn in as her replacement this afternoon. clinton says she knows she's leaving the state department in good hand. >>> prince george's county fire department is launching an internal investigation into the serious beltway crash. a fire engine was rear ended by a tractor-trailer as it made a u-turn on the beltway which is legal for emergency vehicles, but investigators are looking to see if the turn broke the department's guidelines on u-turns. the crash injured seven people, including a firefighter who had to have his arm surgically reattached. >>> 5:07 now. the investigation into the problems with the 787 batteries is heading to the u.s. japan's civil aviation bureau has been
. australians pay on average 73% more than the u.s. on itunes downloads and 232% more on computer game downloads. the hearing is expected to happen sometime next month. >>> in news 4 your health, the teen birth rate is the lowest on record. researchers found that 8% drop in teen birth between 2010 and 2011. the teen birth rate has been falling since it peaked in 1991. fewer women in their 20s had babies and more women in 30s and early 40s had babies. the premature birth rate has also dropped. >>> exercise may reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer in some men. in north carolina, they found white men who exercised the most were significantly less likely to get prostate cancer. however, they did not find a link among african-american men. no word on whether researchers studied other ethnic communities. >>> the most advanced new satellite into space. the land sat data continuity mission will blast off from california. nasa calls it the most advanced and capable spacecraft of its kind ever built helping to monitor environmental change and natural resources. it's about the size of an suv and w
times" reports that a remote base in saudi arabia is home to the drones. it's from there that the u.s. conducts strikes against militants in yemen, including the attack that killed al qaeda operative anwar awlaki. >> using drones against american citizens like awlaki. americans affiliated with al qaeda could be targeted by drones even if they don't pose an imminent threat. several legal analysts say the policy threatens constitutional rights and provides dangerous definitions of self-defense and what constitutes an imminent attack. the obama administration says it's confident the attacks follow federal and international haugh. >>> new this morning, 11 massachusetts pharmacies are being forced to shut down after inspections prompted by a deadly meningitis outbreak. the state inspected compounding pharmacies over the past month. all are similar to the new england compounding center found to be producing a contaminated steroid that led to 45 meningitis death and sickened more than 600 people. of the shutdowns, several did not have sterile conditions while others were using improper ingre
, but u.s. officials say the drone malfunctioned, and it was forced it land. that is the latest from the newscast. back to you. >> all right. thanks. >>> it could be a grueling day for president obama's pick to head the cia. john brennan will face tough questions from democrats and republicans during his confirmation hearing. brennan, who is the president's chief counterterrorism adviser now, is under scrutiny for the administration's use of drone strikes to kill suspected terrorists overseas. the senate intelligence committee will also likely grill him over his support for the bush administration's interrogation policies. brennan served in the cia under president george w. bush. >>> today is defense secretary leon panetta's turn to answer questions about september's deadly attack in benghazi, libya. he and the chairman of the joint chiefs will testify before the senate armed services committee. they will discuss the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack on the u.s. consulate. four americans were killed there including ambassador chris stevens. >>> the thr
bomb. after it was detected by the u.s. geological survey. in a statement, president obama described the test as a highly provocative act. he adds, north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to international security and that the north threatening activities warrants further swift and credible action bit international community. meanwhile, u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon condemns the test as a grave violation and called for an emergency meeting today. this is north korea's third nuclear test. the first in 2006 that happened near the site of the two previous atomic blasts. this morning, china has come out and expressed firm opposition to this nuclear test. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> angie, thank you. as a result of that, president obama will likely do a bit of rewriting today as he prepares for one of the more important speeches of his presidency. he'll deliver his fourth state of the union address tonight. the president will lay out his second term agenda. he'll likely focus on the economy and the billions of dollars of budget c
questions about september's deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. they'll fill in the armed services committee on the results of the defense department's internal review of the attack. four americans were killed including ambassador chris stevens. >>> today house democrats are expected to offer their own gun control proposals. people familiar with the package say it calls for banning assault weapons and banning high-capacity magazines carrying more than ten rounds of ammunition. they say the ten proposals are similar to president obama's gun-control plan. the democrats' proposals are unlikely to go anywhere quickly in the house. a spokesman for house speaker john boehner says the house will wait to see what the senate passes before it takes any action. >>> for the first time in weeks, a boeing 787 dreamliner will take to the skies today. the faa gave boeing permission to fly the plane from texas to washington state. now this is not a test flight. it's just a way to relocate the plane. all 787s remain grounded while investigators figure out what's wrong with thei
that is being called retaliation for u.s. drone strikes. it happened on a pakistani military base in the tribal region of south waziristan. the pakistani taliban claims responsibility. they say the attack is revenge for two drone strikes that killed two of their leaders. two militants also died in the atta attack. >>> also new this morning, north korea is renewing threats against the united states. the country is promising to retaliate against the u.s. for having so-called double standards after neighboring country south korea launched a rocket this week. washington condemned north korea's rocket launch in december but not south korea's launch. north korea hassed no said how it will retaliate. u.s. and south korean diplomats claim north korea used bann enn missile technology. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is meeting with leaders in germany. earlier this morning, he talked about iran's nuclear ambitions at a security conference in munich. he says there's still room for diplomacy if iran is willing to make a good faith effort. >>> today marks one year since the murder of a transgender w
working to figure out were an iraq war veteran shot and killed a former navy seal over the weekend. the u.s. military confirmed eddie ralph served in the marines from 2006 to 2010 and is currently on reserve duty. he's accused of killing 38-year-old chris kyle and another man at a texas gun range saturday night. police believe ralph was unemploy and possibly mentally unstable snooimts my understanding that the suspect may have been suffering from some type of mental illness from being in the military himself. he was a marine for four years. and he may have been suffering from some complications from that. >> kyle was the most lethal sniper in american military history with 160 confirmed kills during his ten years in the u.s. navy. >>> we go to mexico now. developments there as officials confirm that 36 people are dead after an explosion at an oil company headquarters there. the attorney general in mexico says it's still too early to determine whether that blast was due to an attack, an accident or negligence. results from an investigation expected any day now. the panex building is the seco
're starting to see a lot of movement in terms of flights and proactive changes in plans here. we're at the u.s. airways ticket counter. you can see all the people checking in this morning. just a few minutes ago one of the employees made an announcement saying if you are among those with a flight headed to the northeast and impacted by the weather, she instructed those folks to get over into a different line and told them they would be put on earlier flights. the strategy here this morning by the airlines is to get everybody out as early as possible. this weather is going to hit later on in the afternoon. that's when we're expecting to see the major flight cancellations and into tomorrow. they want to move as many people around, get them to the destinations before the weather hits as possible. now, unfortunately, that has not been possible for everyone here had morning. we encountered a gentleman on a different airline. he already had a flight cancel to new york. he's trying to get to the ukraine. >> the flights overbooked everywhere out o of kennedy. like i heard two thirds of the flights dom
be released. >>> seven u.s. lawmakers are in cuba asking for the release of a maryland man. alan gross is serving a sentence for spying. he says he was bringing internet access to jewish communities there. maryland congressman chris van hollen and six others will meet with cuban leaders to try to free gross. they say his release is the only way to improve ties between the countries. >>> angie goff with breaking news at the live desk. >> we just got word that the president will speak out to urge action to avoid the sequester. today, he'll be joined by emergency response personnel to talk about the automatic budget cuts that will happen if congress fails to come up with a plan by next friday. the cuts could impact hundreds of thousands of jobs and mill ir day and emergency response groups would take a big hit. the president will deliver the marks at 10:45. at the live desk, angie goff, news 4. >>> maryland leaders will urge congress to avoid the sequester. baker and montgomery county executive leggett as well as yeoman will come together in rockville to make the appeal. maryland's econom
almost out on the potomac this morning. and there's the u.s. capitol building. and a little early morning daylight showing up, and 27 degrees downtown and it's a whole lot colder out across the western and northern suburbs now. anywhere from falls church and fairfax city out to manassas and bristow, and leesburg all in the teens this morning, and same story across maryland, 20 degrees or older this morning there. and we will inch our way up. by noontime today upper 30s to around 40 degrees, and high temperatures mid to late afternoon today should be in the mid-40s around town. and staying a little cooler today, upper 30s and low 40s for folks into far northern maryland and in the mountains of virginia, and clouds on the increase means the temperatures will not be dropping off as quickly tonight as they did last night. no rain around the area, and first drops just in extreme far west virgia, and that's where the first drops are and they are probably at least 12 hours away and that means we won't have to worry about drops here until well after dark tonight, and then the rain drops start bec
extensive budget plan. >>> president obama also continues to clash with republicans over the attack at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. south carolina senator lindsey graham is threatening to hold up the confirmation for the picks of the penitentiary govern -- pentagon and cis. >>> today the white house will get more input on how to crackdown on gun violence. vice president joe biden will travel to philadelphia for a roundtable discussion on gun safety. law enforcement agents will be a part of that meeting. so will congressional leaders from pennsylvania as well as deputy attorney general james cole. the vice president has been the obama administration's point person for the debate over gun control in recent weeks. >>> a local church is robbed from comfort and joy. how thieves left a congregation in the cold. that's straight ahead. >>> just in time for valentine's day. your chance to get in on mrs. carter's world tour. >>> cold and wet at 4:37. an update on your [ male announcer ] want to make a great car interior? stop looking at car interiors. get inspired by other stuff. yep. yep. ok.
ships are registered in foreign countries and not subject to u.s. taxes and many regulations. the triumph is incorporated in the bahamas. >> this industry is unregulated because they have successfully hidden behind their foreign flags. >> reporter: in 2010, congress did pass the cruise vessel security and safety act, mandating better crime reporting at sea, but critics say it's not enough. >> there's no reason when a ship is mechanically deficient, operating out of the united states, that the united states cannot take action against the cruise lines. >> reporter: the industry says it has improved, implementing new safety policies following a string of disasters last year, like the costa concordia and costa allegra. >> this is already a very heavily regulated industry. it's regulated at international and national levels. the enforcement occurs in multiple layers. >> reporter: on any given day, there are some 280 cruise ships on the open seas, carrying about 300,000 passengers. for those considering any kind of travel, the most important information may be in the fine print. ga
is heading to the vatican. he will first hold mass here in northeast d.c. he is one of 11 u.s. cardinals that will pick the next pope, and that collection will happen sometime next month. >>> now to the sequestration showdown. congress returns to work with only a few days to prevent massing spending cuts. they are trying to prevent the so-called sequester, and that would splash defense spending, and education, and other services. that will happen this friday everything lawmakers are able to reach a deal. the sequester is a main topic at the national governor's association. they are calling on governors to work quickly, but governors seem pessimistic, and they are calling on congress to find a middle ground before the americans feel the affects of deep cuts. >> the sequestration was designed by the administration and congress as something so repellant that it would force both sides to a compromise. >> president obama will host the governors at the white house for a dinner tonight and the association's summit wraps up tomorrow. >>> and john kerry will travel on his first overseas trip as t
sail. the first ever fully functional coffee shop opened on the u.s.s boxer. the coffee shop named the star boxer serves starbucks brand coffee and all sales from the sahr boxer goes to a military fund. the baristas came aboard to show them how to operate the machines. the new addition gives sailors a touch of home while out at sea. >>> nice little addition there in that case. 6:21 is our team. want to check on rain coming into the yar i can't. tom kierein has the details. >> need an umbrella before you head out the door. it will likely be moving in later this afternoon. it will be cloudy. 8:00 a.m. mid-30s. mid-40s by noon. mid-afternoon by 3:00. it will be raining. that rain will be changing over to some snow had evening. wet snow between 6:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. thursday. may be leaving a light coat. all the areas in light blue, shenandoah valley. northern suburbs of washington. mainly on grassy areas. i think the road temperatures will be too warm for accumulation. out of the mountains, they may get 1 or 2 inches. some of the parts in western maryland and high spots in west vi
in explaining the situation to the cuban government and the fact that u.s./cuban relations cannot advance until we resolve this issue. >> van hollen said gross has lost considerable weight since being locked up. he met with cuban president raul castro as well and called on that country to release gross from his 15-year sentence. >>> anne arundel county will welcome a new era of leadership. lauren newman will be sworn in at 10:00. she replaces disgraced executive john leopold. he used his private security detail to run personal and political errands and take him to sexual encounters. newman is currently howard county's economic development chief. schiele uphold his term which runs through 2014. >>> you'll get to witness history today. a statue is set to arrive on capitol hill. the 9 foot tall bronze statue of parks will soon call the u.s. capitol home. it's the first full size statue of an african-american woman in the statuary hall. parks sparked the montgomery bus boycotts after being arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger in 1955. the official unveiling happens next we
in the u.s. >>> the reason a local school district is pulling a video to fight bullyi welcome back. a huge winter storm is moving up the coast. right now boston is starting to see some of the first flurries. the weather channel's mike seidel is in revere, massachusetts, hes nest of boston. mike, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning from revere beach outside of downtown boston. we've got our first flakes. the real storm, the real show is going to be later today, tonight and saturday. we're expecting wind up to 70 miles per hour. there are blizzard warnings for seven state. the entire state of connecticut is under a blizzard warning. this could be a top five if not the biggest snowstorm on record at logan airport. 27 and a half inches ten years ago. the infamous blizzard of '78 dropped 27 mchs and we're just celebrating the anniversary of that prolific storm this week. as far as mass transit goes in boston, they're shutting everything down at 3:30 this afternoon, including their train, the t. all schools closed ahead of thisment airport cancellations, over 2300 systemwide. the new
on to independence avenue. then it goes up first street, past the u.s. capitol and the supreme court. these roads will be closed for the run, which goes from 1:00 until 3:30 this afternoon. >> very brave souls out there. >>> well, it is time to dance in the south american city of rio de janeiro. the celebration of carnival began yesterday after a day of street parties, samba schools from across the cities strutted their stuff with dance moves and floats that took months to build. the festivities run for three days until fat tuesday. >> in parts of asia, more than 1.5 billion people are getting ready for the lunar knew year. tomorrow marks the beginning of the year of the snake. markets are busy with people buying up food and putting up decorations. it's observed by many as a three-day public holiday. people will celebrate the lunar new year here in our area too. fair oaks mall holds its tenth annual celebration this afternoon from 1:00 to 6:00. our lady of vietnam is holding a mass with cardinal donald wuerl tonight at 6:00. >> i went to the one last year at fair oaks mall. it is quite the specta
news conference. >>> right now a crippled cruise ship slowly but surely making its way to u.s. port. it's hours away from arriving. how carnival is trying to repay passengers. >>> 6:29. we're keeping a close eye on the roads, ice all over the place. it's causing huge problems. meteorologist tom kierein is on the storm team 4 weather deck. what are you seeing out there? >>> we got wet overnight from the snow that melted on roadways, accumulated on grassy areas, and rain. not only are the roads getting icy but so are the sidewalks. front steps, watch out as you step out your front door. we did get a coating of snow. this photo sent in by one of our viewers, eldersburg, maryland, west of baltimore. looks a lot like this across much of montgomery county into loudoun county, points north and west of washington. about a half inch to an inch of fresh coating of snow on the grassy areas mainly, melting on roadways. now the roadways are freezing up. temperatures near freezing all around montgomery county, most of prince george's, arlington, fairfax, as well. watch out, the roads are slick, so ar
nuclear weapons. investigators from the u.s. atomic agency returned from iran without a deal on how the investigation should be conducted. this comes as the "washington post" reports it has evidence iran is speeding up its plans to build weapons. according to the "post," iranian agents secretly tried to buy from china 100,000 magnets that are used in centrifuges. if this report is true, iran would have enough magnets for 50,000 new centrifuges which help enrich uranium. that is five times the number it frates right now. -- operates now. >>> there's a new medal used for fighting in drone wars, troops who launch attacks that can kill or disable an enemy. defense secretary panetta approved the establishment of the distinguished warfare medal. the red, white, and blue ribbon will be given to individual for extraordinary achievement in military operations after september 11, 2001. unlike other combat medals, honorees do not need to risk their lives to receive it. >>> the white house now has a fight on its hands over the president's call to raise the minimum wage. he called on congress to
gas prices are having a big impact on your pocketbook. the u.s. energy information administration reports the average american spent $2912 on gas last year. just under 4% of income before taxes. it's also the highest estimated percentage of household income spent on gas in nearly 30 years excluding 2008 when the average was similar. >>> a new study by consumer reports says turbo charged engines might not be as good as advertised. the magazine tested turbo charged. they aren't more powerful or fuel efficient as regular engines. they pump extra air into engines to boost power and car makers usually charge more. they singled out ford, hyundai and kia. bmw's turbo charged car delivered the extra power it promised. >>> the ravens weren't the only big winners. some are enjoying free furniture this morning. that's right. remember this big 108-yard kickoff return? baltimore furniture chain promised. if the ravens started either half with the kickoff return. any customer who bought furniture between thursday and sunday would not have to pay a dime. that is costing the company a pretty penn
. will be the first modern half ton pickup in the u.s. with the diesel power option. even though diesel costs more at the pump, some drivers prefer it because it lasts longer and has a higher resale value. >>> this morning, three big auto makers have something to brag about -- having the most dependable vehicles. jd power and associate gave the honor to lexus, porsche, and lincoln. the survey looks at three-year -- 3-year-old vehicles and looks at whether the cars had things like engine failure, electronic glitches, excessive wind noise. mercedes-benz and toyota ranked among the best. jeep, mitsubishi, dodge, and landrover ranked at the bottom. >>> a drink that may be a popular choice for many at this hour is getting a new label. monster energy drinks will no longer be considered a dietary supplement but just a drink. its new label will list nutrition facts instead of supplement facts. the label will also include caffeine content. the company ceo says the move from a dietary supplement to a drink changes the federal guidelines it must follow. the company has been under investigation for reports of
of the past. >> in a live chat yesterday, president obama says he's not against the idea. the u.s. mint complained that it costs them more to make a penny than it's worth. the president acknowledged that the idea of getting rid of something that's been around for centuries would be a hard pill to swallow. if it's an expense that could cut into the deficit, he would consider it. what are we going to throw in the fountains? >> seriously, eun? >> yes. >> i'm not anti-penny. i don't like to have things in my pocket in general. but change is particularly annoying and pennies, you never have one penny. >> that's true. >> it's always a handful of pennies. >> it's good when you need a wish in a fountain. >> okay. >> i'm going to get you a coin purse, how about that? >> you want me to carry a purse now, eun. >> a little coin purse. >> probably not going to happen. man bag maybe. "news4 today" continues now at 5:00 a.m. >>> a scary sight. the skies in russia overnight as a meteor shower rains down on a community injuring hundreds. >>> hank full to be back on dry land. for the first time we're hea
by the federal government and is accessible by metro. it is the future home of the u.s. coast guard headquarters. it would bring in relatively little tax revenue for the district. the fbi will had begin looking for proposals next month. >>> stay with us. "news4 today" continues right now at 5:00 a.m. >>> breaking news on whether or not oscar pistorius will be let out of jail. >>> we're tracking the impact this winter storm will have in the d.c. area starting in a few hours. good morning everyone. i'm aaron gilchrist. >>> i'm eun yang. welcome to "news4 today" for this friday febar
. this is the u.s. airways ticket counter. it's very busy this morning. some of the folks standing here in line actually have plans to leave later in the day. they've changed those plans and they're hopping earlier flights out. in fact, a little while ago one of the employees at the counter said they were making an effort to shift things around to move people to the earlier flights to avoid the mass cancellations that we're expecting later on because of the bad weather in the northeast. people are being proactive as well. we've encountered folks who canceled their own flights. they rearranged things and in some cases changed airports so that they could get an earlier flight and miss all the problems that we're expecting later today. >> i had a 6:45 flight out of new york laguardia and it was canceled. they switched me to a 12:00 flight. i'm like that's ridiculous. you know it's not leaving. i canceled everything. we hopped in the car and drove down here, booked a flight down here. >> are you going to get where you need to go? >> hopefully, yes. >> and you can see live video of some of the prepa
southeast and heads west on to independence avenue. then it goes up first street pass the u.s. capital and the supreme court. these roads will be closed for the run, which goes from 1:00 to 3:30 this afternoon. >> may want to consider the long underwear today. >>> in parts of asia, more than 1.5 billion people are getting ready for the lunar new year. tomorrow marks the beginning of the year of the snake. markets are busy with people buying food and putting up decorations. it's observed by many as a three-day holiday. people will be celebrating this lunar new year in our area too. fair oaks mall is holding a celebration today from 1:00 to 6:00. and our lady of vietnam catholic church has a mass tonight at 6:00. >>> "the washington post" is filling its newest edition of kids post with lots of activities and fun facts for children. here's a preview. >> good morning. this week on kids post on tv, the reigning champion of american dog breeds, a book every animal must read, and the president who probably used a step stool to lead. joining us once again is tracy grant of washington post kids
says kerry wi speak next wednesday about the importance of u.s. diplomacy p the address will be the first in a series he'll deliver across the country. kerry will make his first trip abroad later this month to europe and the middle east. >> president obama is preparing for a busy day ahead. the obama administration says the visit from is a farewell call to the president of italian. >>> the president will head to chicago. he will visit a school in the neighborhood where he owns a home. he will push for a vote on gun control in congress. >>> the president's emotional rallying cry to curb gun violence in the tuesday night address has the nra reacting this morning. in a smeech to a hunting association, the ceo of the gun lobby calls the efforts a charade and he criticized him for never mentioning the words school safety in his speech. >> they only care about their decades-long, decades-old gun control agenda. ban every gun they can. tax every gun sold. and register every american gun owner. >>> wayne la pierre renewed his call to have an armed guard in every school in the na
in that attack. nato is investigating. the mission supported u.s. and afghan forces on the ground in the taliban-controlled area. angie goff at the live dress being, news 4. >>> a much quieter french quarter this morning. cleaning crews have taken the place of crowds on bourbon street. an estimated million people traveled there this year. it helped to generate $144 million for the gulf coast economy. >>> churches across the d.c. area will celebrate ash wednesday and the beginning of lent. hundreds are expected in st. matthew in dupont circle. that's where archbishop of washington will lead a mass after noon today. the symbolic marking on the forehead represents repentance. it's a time of spiritual reflection. >>> one church will try to accommodate christians. st. george's pipst episcopal will offer ashes to go outside the clarendon and virginia metro stops during the morning and evening commutes. the church will give ashes to anyone of any faith who wants to participate. >>> 18 after the hour now. to a developing story on that stranded cruise ship in the gulf of mexico. tugboats currently pullin
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that more than half of u.s. citizens believe that most or all illegal immigrants should be deported. in a survey by reuters and ipsos, 30% believe most illegal immigrant should not be allowed to stay. 23% say all of them should be sent away. only 5% said all immigrants should be allowed to stay. more than 1,400 adults participated in the survey which was conducted on line. >>> breaking news. we are on the scene of two fires this morning. in one here in prince george's county, three people are dead. two of the victims are children. >>> and chopper 4 over another fire. this one in rockville. a former youth treatment facility there went up in flames overnight. an update on both fires ahead. >>> plus, a very cold morning. windchills sending temperatures into the single digits in some places. places. your weather & traffic on the 1s it's my coffee when i want it. you press a button, you have great dunkin' coffee. i got my coffee for the morning, i got my dunkin' k-cup packs for the rest of the day. only available at dunkin' donuts restaurants. america runs on dunkin' coffee. >>> good mor
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